Today we celebrate the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. This celebration plunges us deeply in the mystery of the sacrifice Christ accepted for our salvation.
As we profess openly the true presence of Christ here as the Sacrament of our union with God, this solemnity reminds us also the fulfillment of the promise Jesus made to his disciples when he said that “Behold, I am with you always, until the end the ages.”
The Eucharist plays a fundamental role in the entire life of the followers of Christ. I like to take an example from our ordinary life. We all drove to came to this celebration today. One thing to remember is that our cars need gasoline or electricity to move. Without these natural elements, the car cannot take us where we want to go or to be. This common example can express the central place and role the Eucharist has in the life of all of us. As Christians, we move, live and act because we the possibility of motion is given us from the Eucharist. Our souls are our engines and the Eucharist is our spiritual gasoline. We need Christ to be able to bear fruit, as He himself said, “without me you can do nothing.” The Eucharist gives our souls the impulse to live and to act as a child of God.
However, it would be just simplistic and reductional to just compare the Eucharist with gasoline. Font and summit of christian life, the Eucharist is source of our live, our growth and our actions. We can live as disciples because the Eucharist teaches us the Way of Christ. The Eucharist teaches us how to love like Christ who loved us to death. Here Jesus shows us the way as He is himself the WAY. He teaches us to love the way He, the Head of the Church, loves us.
As we approach this table of our salvation, let us allow Christ to teach us how to love the very same way He loved us, and let us continue to pray for one another and for our parish family.